Donor Briefings

Donor Briefing: Land Use, Segregation and the Affordable Housing Crisis (RECORDED)


May 12, 2021


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.




Anika Singh Lemar, Erin Boggs, Sara Bronin

Greater New Haven and Connecticut are at the center of a zoning reform movement that is attempting to make housing more affordable and break open barriers to economic opportunity.

Join us for a virtual panel with three of the leading activists working on reform in Connecticut as they discuss the relationship between zoning, segregation, and what the shortage of affordable housing means for economic opportunity. Learn about policy reform efforts and how they could affect change.


Anika Singh-Lemar teaches the Community and Economic Development clinic (CED), with clients including affordable housing developers, community development financial institutions, farms and farmer’s markets, fair housing advocates, and neighborhood associations. From 2007 to 2013, she represented for-profit, not-for-profit and governmental clients engaged in a variety of real estate projects including building affordable housing.


Erin Boggs has worked on issues of equity, particularly in the context of housing, for almost 20 years. Erin's work with Open Communities Alliance includes a challenge to zoning regulations in the town of Woodbridge and the currently proposed HB 6611: Fair Share Zoning.

Sara Bronin is a Mexican-American architect, attorney, professor, and policymaker who works to create and preserve great places. She holds an endowed chair at UConn Law School, and leads the advocacy coalition, Desegregate Connecticut, which proposed zoning reform legislation SB 1024. Sara advises the Sustainable Development Code and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and serves on the board of Latinos for Heritage Conservation.